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Strictly Speaking: The Final

What an extraordinary end to the series. The Strictly final aired just hours after Boris Johnson made his latest screeching u-turn, announcing that millions of people would have to cancel their festive plans and spend Christmas separated from loved ones. … Continue reading

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Mesmerising Bill Bailey has last laugh as he seals Strictly Come Dancing victory

Coming into this series, many expected Bill Bailey to be pure comic relief. Well, he’s certainly had the last laugh, not only making it to the Strictly final, but lifting the Glitterball trophy. Read my full Telegraph article here

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The Strictly ‘trained dancer’ controversy is absurd – without them, the show would die

It’s been a very different series of Strictly Come Dancing, thanks to Covid, but some things remain the same: Tess Daly’s startling wardrobe choices, at least one rumour of a “showmance”, and the age-old debate over whether trained dancers should … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 6

A rather mediocre performance week, with some improvement in scoring, and alas still some glaring biases. However, poor Clara Amfo really doomed herself with an error-strewn jive that was actually marked quite kindly, yet cemented her place in the dance-off. … Continue reading

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Maisie Smith’s footwork was this week’s real Strictly triumph

This week saw Clara Amfo try to shake her tail feather in a redemptive Tina Turner jive. But she hit the (Nutbush City) limits of her recovery skills when an early mistake tripped her up – and a deluge of errors … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 5

Well. This was not one of Strictly’s better outings. Our Staycation Blackpool Week sadly took all the worst elements of that usual jaunt – judging hysteria, inconsistent scores – without actually giving us the pleasure of performances at the Tower Ballroom. … Continue reading

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Lucky escape for Clara Amfo after viewers’ votes correct injustice on Strictly’s Blackpool special

Normally, we can chalk up the judges’ erratic Blackpool Week scoring to over excitement at being at the Tower Ballroom. What, then, to make of their bizarre decision-making while still in the studio? Can you get staycation sunstroke? Read my … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 4

This was quite the Bizarro World Strictly, with a sadly absent Nicola and Katya, Motsi joining Bruno in Zoom purgatory, and Anton du Beke finally wearing the producers down and getting his shot at judging – the equivalent of a … Continue reading

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Clara Amfo was the clear standout during a dramatic week for Strictly Come Dancing

There was drama both on and off the Strictly floor this week, with the sad departure of Nicola Adams and Katya Jones, due to a positive Covid test, and Anton du Beke stepping in for quarantining judge Motsi Mabuse. Read my … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing 2020: week 2 recap – Jacqui Smith trotted round the ballroom like a drunk pony

As England is plunged back into lockdown, Jacqui Smith is locked out of the ballroom – and rightly so. Read my full Telegraph article here

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